If you have a pet you will know what I mean when I say they wrap themselves around your heart and manage to take over the whole household! They have everyone doing their bidding in the shortest space of time. But what they take from us and 'demand' sometimes, is more than paid back though, by the love and company they give us and the humour we find in their characters.
Smokey was no exception. We had him such a short while before he went out one day and never returned. He was only 8 months old when he disappeared. I like to think that he is with a family or an old person and giving them the pleasure he gave us for the short time we had him.
He is irreplaceable and we still miss him a year after he left.
For the layout 'Important Me' I used two shades of blue paint dabber on large stamps to make a background and stamped on contrasting paper with the 'original' and 'important' stamps. I did the journaling on the computer because 'Smokey' had a fair bit to say and I needed to fit it on the page!